Manga Classics Macbeth & Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


 Manga Classics: Macbeth (Modern English Edition) / Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet (Modern English Edition) by William Shakespeare, story adaptation by Chrystal S. Chan, art by Julien Choy. Manga Classics, 2021. 9781947808218, 9781947808225

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format:  Paperback

Genre: Classics

What did you like about the book?    Two of Shakespeare’s most famous works are brought to life in these manga adaptations.  The books follow the classic five act originals and the stories come to life in the black and white illustrations.  Both books include a modern English translation, which should make the works easier to follow for high school students.  Bonus materials include character design sketchbooks, and articles about adapting the classic into the manga format and translating it into modern English.  These are perfect for fans of the Bard as well as those who are reading the dramas as an assignment.  The manga form breathes new life into these classic tragedies. 

Anything you didn’t like about it?    No

To whom would you recommend this book?   This is one to share with readers struggling to decipher the original text of Shakespeare as well as those who enjoy the plays.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Manga

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you love manga and/or Shakespeare 

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  October 28, 2021        

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